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I finally took some time to add more content and do a little reorganizing. The album page was getting a little long, so I split up the album story, track details, and reviews onto separate pages.
A bunch more reviews are quoted and linked on the Reviews page, including writing from Spain, Peru, Italy, and the Netherlands in addition to the US. I'm very pleased that knowledgeable people with good taste are enjoying Zhongyu's music.
And for those with music geek tendencies who think about time signatures and scales, all tracks are now listed on the Tracks page, though honestly it's more about what I was thinking during writing and recording than technical stuff.
I'll save you the trouble of having to search for it, since KEXP only highlights recent shows on their website. You can go to this page to find our performance recorded in the summer of 2016. While the playing isn't quite flawless, the spirit and energy were great. It was such a privilege to be able to do this.
From Francisco Macías in Spain writing on Discos Pat we get:
En un mundo en el que casi todo está ya inventado, una buena forma de innovar es saber mezclar elementos conocidos de una manera original, creativa, sin miedo a traspasar fronteras... "Sleepwalking the Dog" (6'41), una maravilla que contiene una preciosa melodía de violín y clarinete bajo, instrumentos que poco después hacen dos buenos solos, primero cada uno el suyo, y después otro alternándose, sobre un fantástico ritmo de stick y batería. El ritmo va haciéndose más intenso por segundos, hasta que llega el solo de guitarra, con el mellotrón de apoyo. ¡Genial!
Un disco fresco, lleno de vida, intenso y plagado de contrastes. ¿Qué más se puede pedir?
Which might be rendered in English:
In a world where almost everything has already been invented, a good way to innovate is able to mix known elements in an original, creative way, not afraid to cross borders... "Sleepwalking the Dog" (6'41), is a marvel that contains a beautiful melody on violin and bass clarinet, instruments which shortly take two good solos, first each on its own and then alternating, over a fantastic rhythm with Stick and drums. The rhythm becomes more intense second by second, until it reaches a guitar solo backed by Mellotron. Great!
A fresh album, full of life, intense and full of contrasts. What more could you ask for?
Back in July, all of the people involved in the band gathered at Jack Straw Productions to record a live set of music. The first half consisted of Jon, Jim, and Randy doing a set of Super Z tunes, then Alicia and Dennis joined for some Zhongyu material taken from the album.
The sonic mastermind of Sonarchy, Doug Haire, has mixed and mastered the live performance (no do-overs here!) and set the air date as October 23, 2016 on KEXP FM. The show goes on at midnight Sunday night (AKA Monday morning), but will also be available as a podcast for more convenient listening
A couple of the segments are posted on our Soundcloud page already, in Jon's own mixes, not Doug's.
It's been years in the making, but the album is actually a real thing. Moonjune Records is distributing it — have a look at our Moonjune page, where you can find links to buy the CD online or get a download through Bandcamp. Full credits are listed on Discogs.
Somehow the five members of Zhongyu managed to get together for a photo shoot with photographer Danette Davis. This is one of many...
Super Z Attack Team may or may not be a band consisting of anime characters, but for our first gig, this was the best we could do for a band portrait:
The art department is hard at work developing the character designs.
We have a show booked — something we hope to have more of in the future. This is a good start...
Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Substation
We'll be appearing with two other bands: Decent at Best and Professor Sweater. Check out the details on the Facebook event page. The Substation is one of the best clubs in Seattle, so please come out and support creative, adventurous music. We've got new material written since the Sonarchy show, and it's really sounding good. We're looking forward to testing it out on an unsuspecting public.
We're looking forward to playing on Thursday, 13 April 2017 at the Parliament Tavern in West Seattle. Opening the show will be the first ever live performance of the band Pinto Wagonfire. The Parliament is a super friendly place, and there won't be a cover charge (just a donation bucket), so you have no excuse not to come. More details can be found on Facebook.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the show and said nice things about our set. It was great fun, and even with the technical difficulties, about the best sound we've ever had. Pictures to come...
We are thrilled to have been selected to play the Seaprog festival for the second time. Super Z Attack Team will be appearing on the main stage at the Columbia City Theater on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 3:00pm. A few years ago, we got to play the theater's front room, and it's nice to see we're moving up in the world!
There are lots of other great bands on the bill for this festival, including our local friends Pinto Wagonfire, Fraktal Phantom, and Moon Letters, along with out-of-town acts like Ibex, Human Ottoman, Zero Times Everything, Points North, and Jack o' the Clock. Have a look at the Seaprog site for all the details and to purchase advance tickets. Here's the Facebook event page — make sure you let us know you're coming!
2017 is already a year with more activity than ever before for this group of quixotic musical explorers. And the gigs keep coming...
This is going to be another weird and wonderful bill. At the center we have The Squirrels, a Seattle institution featuring some old friends from back in the Wild Debbies era. Opening up will be Mark Nichols and his Everexpanding Experience Machine, which has to be seen to be believed. As it happens, Mark shared a house with Jon while both were students at WSU, and has also worked with Jim. Super Z will finish off the evening with our brand of musical insanity. Check out the Facebook event page and stay up to date on ticket availability. It's a great alternative to the crowded, expensive Bumbershoot festival.
At the Parliament, Jon with Cooking Churchill
4210 SW Admiral Way
For a while now, Jon has been playing in the improvisational groove band called Cooking Churchill with Charley Rowan (keyboards) and Kevin Cook (drums). This will be our second appearance at the Parliament in West Seattle. Also on the bill is the band Raging Maggots — and with a name like that, they have to be good! This group has been existence since 1984, which makes them something like 173 in band years.
The plan calls for Cooking Churchill starting by 8:30, and Maggots after us, so come early, hang out at West Seattle's best live music venue, and partake in the best entertainment a Thursday night could possibly hold.